|Amanda Sirianni '12 nearly converted a header late in the game in a 1-0 loss to Wesleyan. (File photo)|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- In an evenly played NESCAC match at Wesleyan on Saturday, the Bates women's soccer team narrowly missed picking up a point in a 1-0 setback to the Cardinals.
Laura Kurash scored just 36 seconds into the second half for her team-leading 10th goal, and the Wesleyan defense made it hold up as Wesleyan improved to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in NESCAC play with the victory, while Bates now stands 2-4-2 and 0-4-2 in conference action.
Shortly after the kickoff to start the second half, Wesleyan took control of the ball in the midfield area. Barrie Lindsay ran into the right side of the box and crossed the ball to Kurash, who sent it into the right side of the net at 45:36.
That would be the only scoring in the game, but both teams had multiple opportunities. Bates' best chance came with just over 11 minutes to play, as senior Amanda Sirianni (Holliston, Mass.) headed the ball just over the net following a corner kick. The Bobcats also had a dangerous opportunity in the 18th minute following a Wesleyan foul 25 yards out, but senior Courtney Talcott's (Millbury, Mass.) free kick sailed high.
Wesleyan had a pair of dangerous opportunities as well, but Bates senior keeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) kept the Cardinals at bay. In the fourth minute, Burns leaped to fist a high shot by Kerry Doyle over the crossbar and out of play, and she did the same on a shot by Kurash in the 67th minute. Doyle also had a great opportunity with just over 18 minutes to go in the game, beating a Bates defender and racing into the box alone but sending the shot high.
Burns finished with seven saves in the Bates net. Jessica Tollman had four stops for her fifth career shutout.
Today's contest marked the first time since 2007 that the game was decided in regulation, as the last three contests had gone into overtime.
Bates returns to the pitch on Tuesday at UMaine-Farmington in a non-conference game starting at 4 p.m.